Let Your Kids Talk to the Police
By William Norman Grigg
Joughin comforts his eleven-month-old son after
the infant was doused in pepper spray by one of
May 08 2014 "ICH"
put the handcuffs on I thought, `Wait a minute,
this has got to be a joke,’” recalled Latoya
Harris, describing the arrest of her 9-year-old
daughter last May. “The look on my daughter’s
face went from humiliation and fear, to a look
of sheer panic.”
time, the girl was wearing a bathing suit and a
towel, still damp from running through a
neighborhood sprinkler. She was taken away in
handcuffs by officers David McCarthy and Matthew
Huspek, fingerprinted, photographed, but never
charged with a crime. She was held at police
headquarters for an hour before her frantic
mother — who didn’t have a car — could retrieve
the girl from her captors.
stated purpose of the visit was to investigate a
playground fight that had taken place a few days
earlier. The actual purpose of the arrest was
probably to serve some depraved impulse on the
part of the officers to assert their supposed
authority over an intimidated but uncooperative
According to the Oregonian
McCarthy — who, like others in his disreputable
profession, fancies himself a mentalist of sorts
— believed that the child wasn’t telling the
truth in her account of the scuffle. His report
characterized her statements as “vague,” and
recalled that he observed her “breathing speed
up,” an entirely appropriate response to the
unwelcome presence of an armed and bellicose
repeatedly asked her, `Why don’t you tell me
what really happened?” recalls the mother. The
officers hauled her away on suspicion of
fourth-degree assault. They refused to allow the
mother to accompany the daughter in the back of
the police car.
opinion, they were trying to scare and humiliate
her,” Harris said in testimony before the
independent Citizens Review Committee. “All they
had to do was give her a talking to. We’re
talking about two grown men in uniform with
act of gratuitous official sadism was — let’s
recite it together — done in accordance with
policy, according to department spokesman Sgt.
Pete Simpson. Handcuffing a nine-year-old is
“justified” as a “safeguard,” Simpson asserted.
Portland PD, which is under scrutiny by the
Justice Department (for whatever good that would
do), is notable for the tender solicitude its
officers display toward vulnerable children.
During a presidential visit by George W. Bush in
2002, police assigned to keep protesters caged
in “free speech zones” unleashed a pepper spray
fusillade against demonstrators who wandered
beyond their pens. Among the victims was Don
Joughin, who had brought his wife and three
children to the event.
the Jackboots had subjected the protesters to a
caustic shower, Joughin turned to a Portland PD
officer obstructing an exit and asked how he and
his family could leave.
pointed and said to exit to the [northeast],
into the spraying police opposite him,” Joughin
recalled. Trapped between a panicked crowd and
pepper spray-wielding assailants, Joughin
pleaded with the officer to allow his family to
looked at me, and drew out his can from his hip
and sprayed directly at me,” testifies Joughin.
His three-year-old son caught most of the blast.
The Berserker then turned on Joughin’s wife and
newborn son “and doused both of their heads
entirely from a distance of less than three
feet,” he recounts.
from the fumes and frantic to get help for his
screaming child, Joughin tried to leave — only
to find his family’s escape blocked at every
turn by armored bullies who closed ranks and cut
them off. The victims weren’t allowed to leave
until someone in “authority” issued an order.
Joughin and his family fled, one of the cops
“Collateral Murder”-style taunt at their
back: “That’s why you shouldn’t bring kids to
Actually, that episode, like the vicious
abduction of Latoya Harris’s daughter,
demonstrates why parents should cultivate within
their children an incurable distrust of the
state’s Punitive Priesthood — and must
never, under any
circumstances, allow such people to have access
to their children.
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